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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world on Saturday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus in talks on new bailout plan

+ China's Xi meets Medvedev in Moscow

+ Pope Francis meets Benedict

+ Lights in cities around the world for "Earth Hour"

NICOSIA: Cyprus scrambles to meet a Monday deadline to agree on a rescue plan to unlock 10 billion euros in loans needed to avert financial collapse. The government holds talks with the troika of lenders -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

MOSCOW: China's new leader Xi Jinping meets Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at 0700 GMT on the second day of his first foreign visit, before reading a lecture to Moscow university students at 1630 GMT (RUSSIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY)

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy: Pope Francis holds a meeting with his predecessor Benedict XVI at the papal residence near Rome, in a historic first for the Catholic Church. Starts at 1115 GMT (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

VARIOUS DATELINES: Cities around the world turn off their lights to mark "Earth Hour" in an annual effort to draw attention to climate change. From 0900 GMT (CLIMATE-WARMING-EARTHHOUR)

----- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -----

MEIKTILA, Myanmar: Security forces try to restore order in a riot-hit town in central Myanmar where authorities declared a state of emergency after at least 20 people die in Buddhist-Muslim violence (MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court processes its latest detainee, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda after his expected arrival late Friday by plane from Rwanda, where the alleged war criminal handed himself in to the US embassy in Kigali (DRCONGO-UNREST-RWANDA-ICC)

DUBLIN: European foreign ministers hold a second day of talks to consider calls to open up weapons deliveries to Syrian rebels (SYRIA-CONFLICT-EU-DIPLOMACY)

BANGUI: Rebels in the Central Africa Republic were advancing on the capital Bangui, in a renewed offensive in the mineral-rich country after the collapse of a two-month-old peace deal (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

DAMASCUS: The funeral takes place in the Syrian capital's Omayyad mosque of pro-regime Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohamed Saeed al-Bouti, who was killed along with more than 45 others by a suicide bomber in a mosque in the capital (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

JERUSALEM: US Secretary of State John Kerry returns, after accompanying President Barack Obama on his regional tour, to discuss possible next steps in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-PEACE-US)

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